India vs England: Careers on line as under-fire India take on England

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Jadeja can certainly complement the style of Ojha and the off-spin of Ravichandran Ashwin, who has not looked the part of a Test bowler except in the closing stages of the Kolkata game when he concentrated on sticking to a correct line and limiting his variations to the minimum.

The other spinner, who has been included in the squad at the expense of Harbhajan Singh, leg spinner Piyush Chawla would bring in some more variety if picked in the eleven.

India have also dropped the out-of-form Zaheer Khan and replaced him with Delhi pacer Parwinder Awana.

But Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda, yet to play his first Test, appear to be the two first-choice pacers for the hosts and Awana may have to wait for his chance.

While India have a load of problems to confront, England are having very few and are expected to retain the winning eleven for the series finale.

They can sit on the 2-1 lead by playing for a draw here, but it's fraught with danger and captain Cook has responded in a similar fashion after the team's victory in the third match.

"Definitely (a win would be on our mind). You can't go into that game with that (draw) mentality. We have to do same as we have done in these last two games (at Mumbai and Kolkata). And again, produce the goods," said Cook amassed 548

runs with centuries to boot in each of the three Tests so far.

While Cook has led from the front with aplomb, the other leading batsmen have rallied around him, with top batsman Kevin Pietersen playing the defining knock in the Mumbai Test and Matt Prior and Compton playing the supporting roles with


The bowlers too have delivered and it is not only the spinners -- Monty Panesar (16 wickets in 2 Tests) and Graeme Swann (17 in 3). The fast bowlers -- James Anderson and fit-again Steven Finn -- have also proved their worth by using reverse swing to telling effect in Kolkata.

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